SAM HORNBY saved a penalty as Harriers and Chorley played out a goalless draw at Aggborough Stadium
On a stunning afternoon, it was the visitors who perhaps made the brighter of the starts and, within three minutes, they'd had a sight of Sam Hornby's goal when Ash Carter was forced to block behind a shot from Josh O'Keefe on the break.
The reds were quick enough to respond with a chance of their own, though; Elton Ngwatala showing some fine feet as he moved the ball up field, Jas Hodgkiss then being played in before he let fly from distance with an effort that just fizzed past the angle of Sam Ashton's bar and post.
That proved to be the defender's final action of the day as he was forced off with a suspected injury, the game settling down into a quiet period thereafter, only punctuated by a half-chance for Ty Waite as he angled a low shot straight at Ashton.
Harriers had a well-placed free-kick early into the second half but James McQuilkin could only direct his attempt wide of the near post, Chorley going close soon after as Witham struck from outside the area with a wayward attempt from which he surely should have done better.
Four before the hour, a mazy run from Ngwatala threatened to finally split Chorley open and as he passed through to Mani Dieseruvwe, the striker's aimed effort deflecting away for a corner, from which visiting man Gonzalez cleared the ball off his own post.
Inside the last 20 minutes, a fairly placid game had its first major talking point as Harriers conceded a penalty; Lowe rose well to meet a ball into the area and the ground was hushed into silence as the referee pointed to the spot for reasons that still don't seem clear; Sam Hornby duly restored what Harriers felt was justice as he got a great hand to the spot-kick from Paul Jarvis.
Up at the other end on 78 minutes, Tyrone Williams lofted in a neat cross that was met by the head of Francis-Angol; his leap was superbly timed, as was Ashton's save as he dove to meet it. Moments later, Mani Dieseruve's snap-shot blazed wide with the goalkeeper left grasping.